Face-to-Face Meeting with Mentors and Discussion of Workplan for Summer 2012

Week 1

June 12, 2012: Summer 2012 DataONE internship begins!

On June 11, 2012, my mentors, Andrew Sallans and Carly Strasser, and I had our first face-to-face meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We discussed the bullet points found below for week 1. My main charge for this first week is to learn as much as I can about the DMPTool, its user groups, and those various groups of people who have contributed and are contributing to it.ย  I realized that this tool is actually much more complex than I initially anticipated, as it is by nature, a collaborative and iterative tool.ย  I look forward to digging in and figuring out where I can make improvements and enhance the services that it already offers.

While in Albuquerque, I was also lucky enough to take part in the opening dinner of a week-long DataONE workshop.ย  I had not yet been in a room full of people interested in and working on data management related projects, and it was definitely inspiring and exciting!

Week 1 โ€“ June 11-15

  • Conduct background research on DMPTool
  • Identify user community
  • Read prior NSF Data Management Plan (DMP) consults from researchers (Andrew will add to Collab and give Rachel and Carly creds)
  • Initiate communication with UVa Usability/UX team
  • Begin developing a network of prospective researchers for testing
  • Establish metrics/goals for evaluating the success of the marketing effort
  • Develop a detailed project plan for the summer

Based on this list, as I look forward to the weeks to come, I am most excited about working with the UX team and learning more about user testing.ย  I think developing skills in designing and conducting usability tests for the tools we are creating is incredibly important for academic librarians working in data management and curation services.

Looks like its going to be a productive summer!



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